Natural Goodness of Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil is an excellent source of linoleic acid (one of the Omega 6 fatty acids that are crucial to your dog’s diet as they can produce the other fatty acids they need with enough linoleic acid in the diet), vitamin E, and a very good source of copper and vitamin B1 – all essential to your dog’s skin and fur health.
In addition, sunflower oil is a good source of manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, folate and niacin. We have chosen to recommend pure whole sunflower oil in our homemade recipes for these reasons.
What are phytosterols?
Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in your pet’s diet, along with selenium that is also present in sunflower oil, they are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers.
This is exactly what we want in our older pets. It has been suggested that paleolithic hunter-gatherers, who ate a diet rich in plants, consumed large amounts of phytosterols to keep their diets balanced, so this nutrient-packed oil has been sustaining us (and possibly their ‘companion dogs’ then eating sunflower seeds) for thousands of years.
Phytosterols also contain high levels of magnesium which control nerve and muscle tone. These all prove that sunflower oil is a beneficial natural source of protection for your dog’s heart muscle and any of our breeds prone to heart disease such as Cavaliers, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes and Wolfhounds would all benefit from this natural plant oil.